World Alzheimer's Day and Women

Today is National Alzheimer’s day. Reports are drawing attention to the epidemic of the disease and its impact on women. Maria Schriver states, “Women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's disproportionately affects women, who are not only nearly two-thirds of those who suffer from Alzheimer's, women are also nearly two-thirds of the caregivers for those who have the disease.”

Lifestyle factors such as stress, lack of physical and mental exercise, diet and routine are some of the main risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s. Addressing the onset of dementia or mental deterioration through preventative measures such as a meditation practice can go a long way in maintaining mental agility. Research findings on the Transcendental Meditation technique show increased blood flow to the brain, greater EEG coherence and more efficient, integrated brain functioning. Better education about the risk factors for Alzheimer's and the options for prevention should be part of this discussion. 

As women all across America are nurturing the next generation while simultaneously caring for the last generation, the cost is tremendous — financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Having a practice that allows the mind to effortlessly settle inward and experience greater energy, calm and orderliness is rejuvenating for both mind and body. The TM technique has been found to create deep, stress-relieving relaxation — balancing and healing body, mind and emotions

For the elderly, the TM technique is easy to learn and practice and has been found not only to improve memory, alertness and decision making, but also reduce the stress, anxiety and depression that often accompany aging. Studies also show reduced heart attack and stroke and reduced hypertension.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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